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How to change your weapon models.
By Stu Pidaso
Apparently this method is now broke. Valve updated Half-Life recently (first time in years) and broke it
**Update! You still can change weapon models. Just change to new beta (steam library, right click in half-life, proprierties, beta tab and choose steampipe). Valve added a option to disable HD pack. Thanks to http://steamcommunity.com/id/R4to0 for pointing this out to me!!

This will show you how to change your weapon models.
How to change your weapon models.
Here I am going to show you how to replace your default weapon models for custom ones. Before we start replacing models though I am going to explain the different models that are used for each weapon. There are actually 3 models per weapon. Why? One is the weapon you see laying on the ground(w_), one is what you see the other players holding(p_), and one is for what you see yourself holding(v_). To break it down even better I am going to show you examples using the 9mm Automatic Rifle also known as 9mmAR.

The first one is the w_ model, in this case w_9mmAR.

This one is the p_ model (p_9mmAR) which is what you see other people holding.

And last is the v_ model (v_9mmAR). This is what you see yourself holding.

For this demonstration we are going to use the m41a model[stu-pidaso.net] from the movie Aliens. This particular model comes with custom sounds but we will save custom sounds for another lesson. To replace these models find your Half-Life/Valve installation file. The location is usually "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\account name\half-life\valve". Inside of the valve folder you should see a folder named "models". If not create one. Open the models folder and now place the 3 models from the m41a zip into here.

Now that we have done that, make sure you restart HalfLife then jump in a game and enjoy your new models...

This weapon model and more can be found in the download section[stu-pidaso.net] of my website.

*Special thanks to my wife Candy who does not play anymore but volunteered to pose for screenshots of weapons being held*

More of my tutorials can be found at http://stu-pidaso.net
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ok Feb 20, 2017 @ 2:04pm 
HD Model Disabled looks Better imo. Weapons don't look overly big, i like the pistol, shotgun, and smg more now.
Average Joe Apr 3, 2015 @ 5:34pm 
HELP after the new update i went into betas and switched the game to beta but it didnt work and i cant find steampipe beta
Hitboxes are a suggestion May 14, 2014 @ 8:00pm 
if anyone dosnt mind. what are the w_ model names for all the weapons? thanks in advance
Wang Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:18pm 
I installed a skin but it is left handed now any help?
That Wun Wabbit Aug 6, 2013 @ 10:37pm 
I will try this. Thanks so much! I hate the latest model of assault rifle, the sound it makes is way too loud for my taste. Imma switch to an older model and see if it's better, I've seen people use it on youtube and it's quieter, less annoying
Toast Jun 17, 2013 @ 8:00pm 
@Tristen112 go to your library and right click half life and then click properties then when the properties opens click on local files and press browse
The Habibi Man Mar 10, 2013 @ 3:08am 
TY U ֱ
Tristen The Army-Argonian Mar 2, 2013 @ 8:57am 
i cant find my half life folder what do i do?
Mellon Collie Feb 25, 2013 @ 5:21am 
Stu Pidaso  [author] Feb 2, 2013 @ 7:55pm 
Thanks GeT's # R4to0.exe!! I was not aware of this. I have updated the header and credited you for pointing this out to me!